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Organized by David Sailor, 503-725-4265


Mechanical Engineering Seminar is open to the public and held on Friday's from 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 p.m. in EB 102 during Spring Term.


Seminar Date Speaker Name & Affiliation Title of Presentation

April 4

David Sailor,

Overview, expectations for seminar class, and discussion of qualities of a good presentation- no speaker. For students in ME 507/607 only.

April 11

Milo Koretsky,
Oregon State University

Innovations in Engineering Education 

April 18

Tad McGeer, President, Aerovel Corporation,  
White Salmon, WA

Can We Resuscitate the Productivity of Our Forefathers? (Report on Panel Discussion in Seattle) 

April 25

Roberto Albertani,
Oregon State University 

Aerodynamics and Fluid-Structure Interactions Applied to Bio-Inspired Micro Aerial Vechiles (MAV) 

May 2

Allen Lee,

Confessions of a Former Rocket Scientist: How I went from Bernoulli's Equation to Ensuring Quality Engineering and Communications 

May 9

David Strayer, 
Dynamic Drain

Engineering Challenges in a Lean Startup

May 16

Gregor Henze, 
University of Colorado

Model Predictive Control for the Integration of Commercial and Residential Building Portfolios with Electric Grid System Operations 

May 23

Dave Turcic,
Portland State University 

Applications in Controls

May 30

Jeff Siegel,
University of Toronto 

Indoor Air Quality--TBD

June 6

Graig Spolek,
Portland State University 

34 Years at PSU--So, What Was I Planning to Do, Anyway? 

Students in ME 507/607 are expected to attend a minimum of 7 of the 9 seminars. Student attendance is monitored via a sign-in sheet. If you need to make up a seminar attendance you may do so by attending another university-sponsored, technically-focused seminar such as those offered in the Sciences, other Engineering Departments, or Architecture. Verification of attendance is demonstrated by submitting a 1 page summary of the presenter’s key points within 1 week after the seminar.